Hydroplaning Accidents in Virginia – The Dangers of Wet Roads
Hampton Roads is facing a wet week. That means slippery roads and dangerous commutes. It also means the risks of hydroplaning. Although little is known about this hazard by most drivers, hydroplaning accidents in Virginia occur with an alarming regularity.
Hydroplaning is a particular problem in certain low-lying Hampton Roads cities like Norfolk and Portsmouth. After heavy rains, the roads quickly become waterlogged.
We see hydroplaning accidents in Virginia when a film of water forms between your car’s tires and the roadway. This film causes your car or truck to lose grip and traction on the road surface, making it nearly impossible to steer or brake. Hydroplaning is more likely when drivers travel at speeds above 45 miles per hour.
The loss of control on a slippery road can have tragic consequences, leading to serious injuries and the loss of life.
Have Hydroplaning Accidents in Virginia Claimed Lives?
On occasions, hydroplaning accidents proved to be fatal in Virginia. Three years ago, in 2015, a child died in Washington County in Virginia when a car and an ambulance hit each other on Interstate 81.
Hydroplaning appears to have caused this fatal crash. Police said a Toyota Corolla, was traveling north on Interstate 81 when it hydroplaned on standing water on the road. The car went off the left side of the road and then crossed the median. It struck an ambulance traveling in the opposite direction. Police said the ambulance’s driver was unable to avert a collision.
Here are five quick tips that can help ensure your safety on the wet roads and prevent hydroplaning accidents in Virginia:
1) Periodically check your car’s tires and maintain proper tire pressure.
2) Ensure your tires have adequate tread;
3) Drive slowly when you encounter deeper puddles;
4) Rotate your tires periodically;
5) Avoid driving in the shoulders of the roadway, where more water usually gathers.
If you end up hydroplaning, remain calm. Never suddenly slam on the breaks or your vehicle will continue to lose control on the road. Slowly ease onto the brakes and keep a firm grip on your steering wheel in order to keep your automobile on a straight path.
Contact Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers for more information. You can reach us at 757-333-3333. Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has a main office in Norfolk and client meeting locations on the Virginia Peninsula in Newport News and in all the cities of Hampton Roads. Please drive carefully in the wet weather and avoid hydroplaning.